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No.R-III/25/OSA/2017                                                                    Dated 29-08-2017

    The Secretarty (Posts)
     Department of Posts,
     Dak Bhawan,
     New Delhi-110 001.

Subject:- Revision of Out Station Allowance – consequent upon revision of Daily Allowance on recommendations of 7 CPC.

Respected Sir,
                        It is brought into your kind notice that Out Station Allowance is paid to the RMS Officials who work in the running sections at the rate for 6 hours slab. The rate of OSA is at par with the Daily allowance on tour based on the eligibility of the official according to his pay.
                   Now the Ministry of Finance vide its OM No.  O.M.No.19030/112017-E.IV  dated 10th July 2017 has revised the Daily Allowance Rates ON TOUR on the recommendations of the 7 CPC.
                  The outstation allowance payable to the RMS Staff was last revised vide Directorate Memo . D.G. Posts No. 28.2/2010-D dated 19.7.2011 in the wake of revised DA rates recommended by the 6thCentral Pay Commission.
                  We urge upon you to kindly  revise upwards the Outstation Allowance payable to the RMS Staff at par with Daily Allowance on tour for a period of absence on duty from their headquarters exceeding six hours.
With regards
                                                                                                Yours faithfully,
(Giri Raj Singh)
General Secretary

Dear comrades,

         We called for Departmental Anomalies arisen out of 7 CPC  implementation to be taken with the Departmental Anomaly Committee.
We received large number of Anomalies from different unions but most of these like as Pay Matrix, rate of increment etc. are to be taken up with National Anomaly committee, Therefore, we have taken up the following  anomalies with the Departmental Committee :-

No. JCM/Anomaly Committee/2017                                          Dated 25-08-2017
R.N.Prashar                                                                           Giri Raj Singh
   Leader                                                                                  Secretary
The Secretary (Posts)
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhawan,
New Delhi-110 001.

Subject:-Anomaly Committee----Submission of list of Anomalies.

Respected sir,    

               Kindly refer to Directorate  letter No. 6-1/2016-PCC dated 26-07-2017 on the above mentioned subject.
                    The following Departmental Anomalies arising out of the implementation of 7th CPC recommendations are submitted for the consideration and discussion in the Departmental Anomaly Committee.
1 Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant/ LSG/HSG II/ HSG I:
The 7th Pay Commission did not take into account the fact justifying the grant higher pay to PA/SA to that Grade pay of Rs.2800/- due to two conflict recommendations were forwarded to Seventh pay Commission by the Dept of posts within a fortnight. Among the two recommendations, one justified the grant of higher grade pay of Rs.2800 in the entry pay scale to the PA/SA and the another stated that the PAs/SAs are always being compared with UDC and did not warrant any upgradation which is totally a farce and false and never before the pay scale of the PA & SAs are compared with UDCs. Because of the two contradictory statements and recommendations submitted by the Department to Seventh pay Commission, the 7th CPC did not consider any higher pay to PAs and SAs. This anomaly has to be resolved by granting higher entry pay scale to the Pas with old 2800 Grade pay with the present Level 5. Similarly, the LSG, HSG II, HSG I & NFG should be granted with an upgraded pay scale. It is pertinent to mention that grant of higher pay to LSG was discussed in the last Anomaly committee meeting constituted after the 6th Pay commission. That has not been settled and there was no reference sent by the department about the same to the Seventh pay Commission. The horizontal and vertical relativities maintained to seventh CPC between the LSG and IP has been further widened after the implementation of the 7th CPC with the pay level of 5 & 7 respectively. This anomaly has to be resorted considering the numerous additional responsibilities and work now entrusted to the supervisory cadre in the postal department.
2. PO &RMS Accountants:
The PO&RMS Accountants cadre is not only denied a higher pay scale but also the Special Allowance drawn by them is not taken into account as special pay at the time of fixation on promotion. The Special Allowance granted to JAO Qualified officials are taken into account for fixation benefit and the absence of a similar treatment to PO&RMS Accountants is an anomaly. The Seventh Pay commission did not consider the equation of the cadre with that of the organized accounts cadre due to non-recommendations of the Dept while submitting comments on the memorandum submitted by the Unions. The Seventh Pay commission instead of recommending higher pay for the APM Accounts has recommended to carry out a fresh cadre review to this cadre. Accordingly a separate review or with the present cadre review should be carried out and the posts of Accountants must be declared with LSG pay scale and a separate channel or promotion shall be carved out for this cadre.
7 CPC abolished the Special Allowance granted to PO & RMS Accountants. If no benefit will be given to PO& RMS Accountants then no official will burn midnight oil to pass the PO & RMS Examination and Account branches will face great difficulty in maintain accounts, pay fixation, TA bills and budget preparation etc.
Special Pay of PO & RMS Accountants be restored and counted towards fixation of pay on promotion to higher post.
3. MTS
The Dept of posts has sent two contradictory recommendations to the Seventh Pay Commission about this cadre and in one it was recommended to enhance the pay scale to Rs,1900 and the other the cadre was equated with the peon of other Govt departments forgetting the extra working hours and six day working days. The MTS in the POs & RMS were called as packers only and it was changed as peon only after the Fifth Pay Commission. The MTS working in Foreign post are called as Packers and were granted with Rs.2000 Grade Pay. This disparity should be removed. The nature of work of MTS in the Department is not to be equated with the Peon of other departments and they must be called as packers with higher grade pay of Rs.2000 with level 3 of the present pay matrix.
4. Disparity and discrimination in the pay scale of Sr. Accountants and IPOs:
 In IV CPC, the Sr. Accountants were in 1400-2600 whereas IPOs were in 1400-2300.
 In V CPC, the Sr. Accountants were in 5500-9000 and IPOs were also in 5500-9000
 In VI CPC, the Sr. Accountants were in PB-2 with GP of 4200 and IPOs werealso in PB-2 with GP of 4200
 Now in VII CPC Sr. Accountants are placed in Level 6 (corresponding to GP4200) whereas IPOs are placed in higher Level 7 corresponding to GP 4600;
Therefore, the Sr. Accountant cadre should be granted Level 7 (corresponding to GP 4600) on par with the IPOs to maintain the relativity among the Accounts and Executive cadres.
5. Disparity and discrimination among the AAOs and ASPOs / SPOs:
 In IV CPC, the AAOs were in 2000-3200 whereas ASPOs and SPOs were in2000-3200 and 2000-3500.
 In IV CPC, the AOs and Sr.AOs were 2375-3500 and 2200-4000
 In V CPC, the AAOs were in 7450-11500 whereas ASPOs and SPOs were in6500-10500 and 7500-12000
 In V CPC, the AOs and Sr.AOs were 7500-12000 and 8000-13500
 In VI CPC, the AAOs were in PB-2 with GP of 4800 whereas ASPOs and SPOs were in PB-2 with GP of 4600 and 4800 (up to 4 years)
 In VI CPC, the AOs and Sr.AOs were PB-2 with GP 5400 and PB-3 with GP of5400
 But in VII CPC, IPOs are given Level 7 (corresponding to GP of 4600) higherthan Sr. Accountants. ASPOs are given Level 8 equating with AAOs. SPOs /SRMs are given directly Level 9 equating with AOs from the initial stage. This will adversely undermine the authority of these cadres vested with audit functions in the Department of Posts.
Therefore, we demand to maintain the relativity among the Accounts and Executive cadres.
1. Level 6 (corresponding to GP 4200) for JA
2. Level 7 (corresponding to GP 4600) for SA equating with IPOs
3. Level 9 (corresponding to GP 5400) for AAO
4. Level 10 (corresponding to GP 6600) for AO
5. Level 11 (corresponding to GP 7600) for Sr.AO
In the pay matrix, there are similar pay stages at various Levels, such as Level 2&3, Level 7&8 etc, and resulting nominal/no benefit in case of promotion. At these Levels the rate of increment works out even less than 3%, Hence, such Levels where the stages are same should be merged. While promoting the Sr. Accountants drawing GP of 5400 (under MACP) to the AAO Post which is carrying higher responsibility, the pay of such officials should be given the benefit of fixation under FR 22 as it is already enforced in the case of Level 6,7 and 8.
6. Old anomalies should be resolved first before taking up 7th CPC anomalies
 On 5th Feb 2010  Sri.A.K.Sharma, Chairman presided over the 6th CPC anomalies committee meeting which was held in the committee Room, Dak Bhavan, New Delhi.  DDG(P) also participated in that meeting. 
 In the said meeting under Item No.14, it was raised as to how a LSG Supervisor whose Grade Pay is Rs.2800 can supervise BCR PAs /SAs Postmen who are drawing Rs.4200 as grade pay. Then the department agreed to take up this issue with the Nodal Ministries.
7. Working hours of Postal Operative staff
Operative staff in Post office
Other Central govt Administrative  staff 
Holiday Effective
Casual leave & RH
Total in a year
Working days in a year
Working hours for Postal Assistant
285x8 = 2280
233 x 8.5  = 1980.5
2280-1980.5 =  299.5  approx 300Hrs  extra by  Postal assistant
=>  Total  extra days = 300/8 = 37 days

                   This extra working hours is posted before the 7th CPC chairman for resolving but in the report there is no discussion about this point since there was no mention about this to the Pay Commission by the Department.  It is requested to resolve this issue.
Out Station Allowance is paid to the RMS Officials who work in the running sections at the rate for 6 hours slab. The rate of OSA is at par with the Daily allowance on tour based on the eligibility of the official according to his pay.
Now the Ministry of Finance vide its OM No.  O.M.No.19030/112017-E.IV  dated 10th July 2017 has revised the Daily Allowance Rates ON TOUR on the recommendations of the 7 CPC. The rates of OSA may also be revised at par with Daily Allowance on tour for the staff of RMS working in running sections.
9.  Additional Pensionary Benefit to the employees retiring on 30th June & 31st Dec.:
Employees who retire on 30th June or 31st December, actually work through the whole year but due to the provisions of increment dates as 1st July and 1st January, they are deprived of one increment even after working for whole year in same pay matrix level, while granting pensionary benefits to them. So, for all those employees retiring on 30th June or 31st December, one additional increment should be granted while calculation of pension amounts.
All the issues being important, it is requested to take up the same on priority basis for their solution.
10.  Anomaly in awarding the financial upgradation in the cadre while completing/rendering 10/20/30 years of service :
In this context it is very clear that one who complete the service in the cadre 10/20/30 would get financial upgradation as MACP I, MACP II and MACP III.
It is irrespective of the officials regular promotions like LGO and likewise the Supreme Courts verdict also confirm the same. Yet the Administration in many Circles are not giving IInd or IIIrd MACP to the eligible officials as they are counting Group D to Postman as one promotion and Postman to Postal Assistance second one. The financial promotions are related to the period rendered in the cadre only. Hence this anomaly should be cleared.
Union demand - MACP treated by one cadre completed and 10/20/30 years, give 10/20/30 year Financial Upgradation MACP I and not service.

11. MACP should be in the promotional hierarchy instead of level hierarchy (Grade Pay hierarchy).

12. FIXATION OF PAY OF OFFICIALS GRANTED FINANCIAL UPGRADATION UNDER MACP:- Officials getting financial upgradtion under MACP Scheme are not allowed to get their  pay fixed from the date of next increment as a result most of the officials are at disadvantage. They may be allowed   to get their pay fixed from the date of next increment as in the case of regular employees.     
13. Option:- Option to switch over to 7th CPC may be kept open till one month after finalization of Allowances. Till such time, all are to be allowed to revise their options, if it is beneficiary to them, if already exercised.

With regards.
                              Yours sincerely,

(Giri Raj Singh)
Secretary Staff

No. R-III/25/10/2016                                                                           Dated 30-08-2016

The Secretary (Posts)
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhawan,
New Delhi-110 001.

Subject:- Filling up the 4 Posts of Superintendent Sorting.

Respected sir,

                         Kindly refer to this Union letter of even number dated 23-06-2015 on the above cited subject.

                         There are 4 posts of Supdt. Stg (Gazetted Group-‘B’) in RMS to be filled by General Line HSG-I officials of RMS on All India basis. This is the only channel for HSG-I officials in RMS to get promotion to Gazetted cadre. But  these posts are being manned by ASP cadre (in an officiating capacity as Gazetted (Group –‘B’).

                         Last time this Union take up the matter in the JCM, Departmental Council (DC). Only after that two posts of Superintendent Sorting were filled up. At present all the 4 posts of Superintendent Sorting are lying vacant.

                        We urge upon you to kindly convene the DPC for the vacant posts of Superintendent Sorting at an early date so that the officials of HSG-I who are on the verge of retirement may get promotion to the Gazetted cadre.

With regards
Yours sincerely,

(Giri Raj Singh)
General Secretary